Heather E. Schwartz
(Lucent Books Inc, June 12, 2012)
Books in this series explore the scientific principles behind some of the most popular team and individual sports; basic physical science concepts are explained in an engaging and accessible manner.; Lucent’s new title, Science behind Sports: Cheerleading, focuses on the biomechanical and physical principles behind the chants and stunts of sideline and competitive cheerleading. Author Heather Schwartz discusses the similarities between dance and cheerleading and the physical and psychological challenges faced by cheerleaders. Also addressed is the intense debate over whether or not cheerleading should be classified as an athletic sport or activity, and how this designation could affect athletes and athletic programs.; Each volume in the series focuses on one sport and opens with a brief look at the featured sport’s origins, history and changes to rules, equipment, or techniques. Subsequent chapters cover the biomechanics and physiology of playing, related health and medical concerns, and the causes and treatment of sports-related injuries. The full-color text is augmented by fact boxes, sidebars, photos, and detailed diagrams, charts and graphs. In addition, a subject-specific glossary, bibliography and index provide further tools for researching the sports and concepts discussed throughout the volume.